Shai Ganu new global executive compensation leader for Willis Towers Watson

23 January 2020 Consultancy.asia

Singapore-based Willis Towers Watson managing director Shai Ganu has been appointed as the advisory’s new Global Practice Leader for Executive Compensation.

Leading advisory, broking and solutions firm Willis Towers Watson has appointed Singapore-based managing director and Asia Pacific Rewards Business head Shai Ganu as it new Global Practice Leader for Executive Compensation. Ganu has been with Willis Towers Watson since the middle of 2017, and brings altogether more than a decade and a half of industry experience to his new global role.

A finance and human resources MBA graduate from the University of Wollongong in Australia (complementing an earlier degree in chemical engineering with Mumbai University), Ganu kicked off his career in executive reward and incentive design at the local branch of Mercer, where he spent close to four years before joining Australia’s St. George Bank as a manager for incentives.

From there he joined parent Westpac, as Head of Executive Rewards, before returning to Mercer in Singapore – across the next five years holding Market Business Leader roles for talent consulting in first ASEAN and then Asia-wide. In the middle of 2017 he crossed to WTW as the firm’s Managing Director for Talent & Rewards in South Asia, taking on the Asia pacific role just six months later.

Shai Ganu, Willis Towers Watson

Now, in his new global executive compensation leadership role, Ganu has been tasked with heading up a team of 400-plus consultants spread across operations on six continents. “Shai is a renowned expert and thought leader on issues related to executive compensation, board effectiveness and human-capital governance,” said Mark Reid, Willis Towers Watson’s global head of Rewards.

Reid, a three-decade veteran with WTW and predecessor Towers Perrin, continued; “With his innovative mindset and experience working with both Boards and management, Shai is extraordinarily well positioned to lead our team in helping clients design pay arrangements that are aligned with performance, balance the interests of key stakeholders and stand up to external scrutiny.”

In response, Ganu Shai drew attention to the evolution of corporate governance models and increasing complexity and sensitivity around executive pay, including in how pay is set, managed and communicated. “I am excited for this opportunity to work with our colleagues globally and provide trusted advisory support to our clients to help balance the interests of all stakeholders,” he said.